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Ship salvage impossible–IOPC exec

October 13, 2006

INTERNATIONAL Oil Pollution Convention (IOPC) Director General Joe Nichols told the media that the convention might approve a recommended siphoning of the remaining oil loaded in the sunken M/T Solar 1 but not a salvaging.

Nichols said there was a little support to the suggestion of salvaging the sunken ship.

The convention has 92 member countries and the Philippines is one of them.

The executive committee which is in the position to decide on what to do with the sunken ship is yet to make its decision on October 23 and 24 during its meeting.

Nichols said they have recommended that the oil be removed from the wreck. “I’m 99.9 percent certain the answer is yes.”

(For the full story, click Sunstar Iloilo, Oct. 13, 2006.)

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